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Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Ce­celia Camp­bell-Liv­ingston Gleaner Writer

“God only knows the times my life was threat­ened just to­day. A reck­less car ran out of gas be­fore it ran my way. Near misses all around me, ac­ci­dents un­known, Though I never see with hu­man eyes the hands that lead me home. But I know they’re all around me all day and through the night. When the en­emy is clos­ing in, I know some­times they fight To keep my fight from fall­ing, I’ll never turn away. - Amy Grant - An­gels Watch­ing Over Me

AMAICANS EV­ERY­WHERE are now breath­ing sighs of re­lief as the coun­try avoided what could have been a ma­jor dis­as­ter in Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

Chris­tians es­pe­cially are cred­it­ing this act of mercy to their ar­dent prayers and ‘an­gels of love’ for in­ter­ced­ing and turn­ing Hur­ri­cane Matthew away.

An­gelic in­ter­ven­tions have long been as­so­ci­ated with many be­liev­ers be­ing saved from a fate worse than death.

Bi­b­li­cal ref­er­ences are made about an­gels such as Michael and Gabriel and of an­gels be­ing sent to res­cue Peter from prison.

In to­day’s world, the ques­tion is be­ing asked: Are there ‘guardian an­gels’ still at work?

Many be­liev­ers have made claims of su­per­nat­u­ral ex­pe­ri­ences, where the in­ter­ven­tion of an­gels saved their lives or re­vealed se­crets to them. But some be­liev­ers are modern-day Thomases, and if they have no ex­pe­ri­ence, then it is hard for them to stretch their imag­i­na­tions to em­brace the be­lief that an­gels are at work in our lives.

Fam­ily and Re­li­gion sought an­swers from the Rev­erend Fred­er­ica Ber­bick of Touch­ing Your World Min­istry and Min­is­ter Val­rie Camp­bell James of Church of God of Prophecy, Free Town, who shared the opin­ion that an­gels are still ac­tive.

For Ber­bick, Psalms 91:11 says it all: “For He shall give His an­gels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways.”

“In other words, the an­gel of the Lord is with His chil­dren wher­ever they go to give them di­rec­tion in all as­pects,” she pointed out.

Cit­ing other bi­b­li­cal ex­am­ples, Ber­bick said God’s an­gels “en­camp” around those who fear Him, ready to of­fer pro­tec­tion.

“Those who put their trust in the Lord al­ways are pro­tected by His min­is­ter­ing spirit. The an­gels are min­is­ter­ing spir­its. They min­is­ter to our needs,” she said.

For Ber­bick, in this dis­pen­sa­tion, we have en­coun­ters with an­gels in the spirit realm and not in the phys­i­cal.

“In the Old Covenant, the Holy Spirit wasn’t poured out. To­day, the Holy Spirit is poured out on all peo­ple (Acts 2: 17). In this dis­pen­sa­tion, we have dreams and vi­sions of an­gels. The an­gels waited on God’s peo­ple to call the name of Je­sus to dis­patch them to carry out their du­ties. We must live holy lives for the Lord to use us,” she said.

Re­fer­ring to hu­man be­ings be­ing an­gels by per­form­ing an­gelic du­ties in help­ing oth­ers, she said God uses us (hu­mans) as min­is­ters to each other through the lead­ing of the Holy Spirit, but only an­gels can carry out their du­ties at God’s ap­point­ment as min­is­ter­ing spir­its.

James ex­pressed con­fi­dence that God’s peo­ple are as­signed a spe­cial an­gel.

“There are an­gels for dif­fer­ent as­sign­ments – some for pro­tec­tion, oth­ers for heal­ing and com­fort,” she said.

“You may not be able to see them in the phys­i­cal sense, but you can see their work in your lives.”

“… The an­gel of the Lord is with His chil­dren wher­ever they go to give them di­rec­tion in all as­pects. … Those who put their trust in the Lord al­ways are pro­tected by His min­is­ter­ing spirit. The an­gels are min­is­ter­ing spir­its; they min­is­ter to our needs.”

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